Mounties believe couple, grown daughter victims of homicide

Mounties say they believe the deaths of three family members in central Alberta were homicides.

EDMONTON — Mounties say they believe the deaths of three family members in central Alberta were homicides.

The remains of Gordon Klaus, who was 61, and his daughter Monica Klaus, who was 40, were found in December in the rubble of their burned-out farmhouse near Castor.

The man’s wife, 62-year-old Sandra Klaus, has not been located, but RCMP suspect she was also killed.

Sgt. Josee Valiquette says it’s possible the woman’s body could have been destroyed in the intense fire, which investigators have determined was deliberately set.

The family’s dog was found shot dead outside the home, but Valiquette could not say if the victims were also shot.

Officers are seeking help from anyone who may have seen the family’s white GMC Sierra truck on the night of Dec. 8.

The pickup was found abandoned three days after the fire, about 30 kilometres away.

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